Welcome to For Little Eyes!!
Glasses are not the worst thing that your kid may need to deal with, not by a long shot, but as we faced getting glasses for our children, we found ourselves wishing there were some way to connect with other parents who have dealt or are dealing with with a variety of situations involving small children with very expensive (and breakable!) equipment on their faces. And so, For Little Eyes was formed.
For Little Eyes is a community for parents of children in glasses, contacts, or patches, or other vision aids regardless of diagnosis. It is aimed at parents of younger children, though any one is welcome! All posts are written by parents (unless otherwise specified). The site offers stories, news, helpful tips, and a chance for families to connect with others who are facing similar issues.
This site is run by Ann Zawistoski, a reference and instruction librarian at a small undergraduate college. Her daughter, Zoe, started wearing glasses at age 1. You can contact Ann with any questions, comments, or requests (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are just starting out, you might want to start on our page of Frequently Asked Questions.
You might also be interested in joining our Little Four Eyes group on Facebook. A lot of great discussion happens there, as well. You will be asked to answer a few simple questions, and we vet all requests, so it may take a few days. If you are not accepted, you can simply e-mail Ann with a note saying you’d like to join.
Join in the conversation!
This blog is written by parents of children dealing with vision issues. If you are a parent of a young child with a vision issue and are interested in contributing to this blog, either as a regular contributor, or just posting one time, please email Ann (email@example.com). No commitment or experience necessary, we’re just looking for people to share their thoughts and experiences.
Even if you don’t write posts, I hope you’ll leave your thoughts as comments (even if the post is old). Your comments are essential to this blog and this community. We have all learned a great deal from reading about other people’s experiences. Comments are open on all posts and pages on this blog, however, due to spam issues, first time posters will need to have their post approved before it appears on the site. In some cases, a comment may be copied and made into a blog post if I believe it merits additional discussion – generally this happens when a commenter is asking a question and I believe that it will receive more answers by being its own blog post. In those cases, I will make every attempt to notify the commenter before doing so, and will always credit the commenter.
Comment moderation is extremely light, however, I reserve the right to remove or edit comments as appropriate (all edits will be noted) and hateful comments and personal attacks will not be tolerated. I do use a spam filter, and spam is not posted to the blog. If you left a comment that does not appear on the site, it may be temporarily caught in the spam filter. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about commenting on For Little Eyes, or if you believe your comment has been lost.
About the name
This blog was originally named “Toddler Glasses.” Shortly after starting it, though, it became clear that I was writing for more than just parents of toddlers. There were parents of infants in glasses, and parents of preschoolers and even early elementary school children who were participating and reading the blog. I switched the name to “Little Four Eyes” and ran this site for nearly 10 years under that name. In 2018, the site name was change to “For Little Eyes” after hearing from some readers that the name brought up painful memories of teasing from their childhood (it was never my intention to choose a name that was hurtful, and for this I apologize). The name “For Little Eyes” also makes clear that this site is not just for parents of children in glasses, but also children who need eye patches, contacts, prosthetic eyes, or other aids to help them see better. You can read more about the name change in my Jan. 1, 2018 post.
For Little is committed to staying independent and does not accept direct ads from advertisers, and does not endorse any eye care products. We run a few ads on this site through WordPress.com’s WordAds program. We have no control over the ads chosen, which means that we can stay completely neutral to the advertisers. They in no way affect what we do or do not write about.
Some of our posts about books also include affiliate links to purchase the book through Amazon.com. I receive a small commission when you purchase the book through those links.
We accept no other ads. We do review items on occasion, usually books. We will always make clear what, if anything, we received for the review. In all cases, our reviews reflect the honest opinions of the authors.
All revenue from ads and affiliate links go to pay for the maintenance of this site.
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